North Korea’s failed rocket launch last week once again put Japan in a tricky position over its policy toward the North, triggering concern that a stern posture will complicate efforts to move forward the stalled issue of Pyongyang’s abductions of Japanese nationals.
“It is natural for hardline (views) to prevail in Japan, but if this hardline stance pushes through, Japan-North Korea negotiations will likely take a back seat,” said a diplomatic source knowledgeable about Japan-North Korea relations.
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